Dharamshala: The Himalayan Parivar, a Tibet Support Group based in India, organised an educational event at Lower TCV school in Dharamshala last Saturday to foster friendship between Indian and Tibetan communities and mobilise international community’s support for the Tibetan cause.
According to the Tibtan administration official media "Tibet Net", eighteen schoolchildren from 5 Indian schools and 2 TCV schools took part in the speech competition on various Tibet-related issues, such as significance of Tibet’s culture and environment for Asia particularly peace and stability in India.
The participants spoke eloquently on their in-depth research on the various issues facing Tibet and India. The topics of their speeches include cultural and spiritual bond between India and Tibet, threat to Tibetan culture and human rights violations under the Chinese rule, repercussion of the ongoing destruction of Tibetan culture and rampant exploitation of environment on peace and stability in India and other parts of Asia and restoration of freedom as key to genuine peace and stability in India.
Addressing the event, Mr K C Sharma, former chief secretary of Himachal Pradesh, said China should stop its exploitation of ecology and natural resources on the Tibetan plateau, adding it would be detrimental for India.
“Atrocities against Tibetans in Tibet hurt India and the people of India. We need to redouble our efforts to help the Tibetan people to restore their freedom in Tibet,” he added.
He said the programmes organised by the Himalan Parivar to boost our dedication towards helping the Tibetan people and help mobilise people’s awareness on the issue of Tibet.
In his address, Mr Ngodup Dorjee, Secretary for the Department of Information & International Relations, said such educational events will help the younger generation of Indians in understanding the history of Tibet and relations between India and Tibet, significance of Tibet’s role for better relations between India and China.
Speaking to Tibet.Net, Rishi Walia, member of the Himalayan Parivar’s national executive, said the organisation strives to promote and keep alive a lasting friendship between Tibetans and India communities and support the issue of Tibet. He said plans afoot to hold such educational events in different Indian colleges and universities.